Does any­body pro­duce a re­al­is­tic set of pit prop wagon loads for ‘OO’ gauge wag­ons? Or do you have any tips for mak­ing my own – prefer­ably some­thing that won’t take too long! Bob Bridger, by e-mail

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Ge­orge says: Al­though not branded as a pit prop load, Ten Com­mand­ments of­fers a use­ful cast plas­ter wagon load (ref. W103) that sim­ply re­quires paint­ing and weath­er­ing be­fore drop­ping into a stan­dard four-wheel planked open wagon. The logs are loaded length-wise, in two piles, with the tim­ber mea­sur­ing a scale 8ft or so, which is prob­a­bly on the large side for mine props. How­ever, in many cases pit props were stacked ver­ti­cally into rail­way wag­ons and an economical op­tion is to cre­ate your own loads from wooden bar­be­cue skew­ers. Avail­able in large packs from su­per­mar­kets for a bargain price, the wood can be trimmed to length with a set of gar­den pruners. I cre­ated a sim­ple pit prop load for a ‘OO9’ wagon a few years back, fix­ing the wood onto a bed of PVA glue. Alas, it was only af­ter fix­ing the props in place that I re­alised that I should have treated them to a coat of dark wood dye be­fore­hand! Next time,

I’ll brush each skewer with dye be­fore cut­ting it into short lengths, touch­ing in the ex­posed ends later. Web: www.ten­com­mand­mentsmod­

Above: Wooden bar­be­cue skew­ers of­fer an ex­tremely cheap and easy way to cre­ate au­then­tic wagon loads, es­pe­cially for pit props. Ide­ally, they should be treated with a dark wood dye be­fore they’re fixed into the wagon.

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